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Corporate & Foundation Relations


Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Grant Awarded to Smith College

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded Smith College a grant to support academic art museum and library collaborations for use by the Smith College Libraries and Museum of Art. The grant was developed by Susan Fliss, Dean of Libraries, and Jessica Nicoll, Director and Chief Curator of the SCMA, in close collaboration with Samantha Earp, Vice President for Information Technology. The 18-month planning grant of $165,000 will be used to develop a collaborative, college-wide strategy to promote preservation, discovery and use of our campus cultural collections. 


National Endowment for the Humanities Award

Michael Thurston, William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of English Language and Literature, has received a $50,400 fellowship award from the National Endowment for the Humanities for a book-length study of the life and times of American literary critic F.O. Matthiessen, 1902–1950. Congratulations!


Discover How the Grants Office Can Help You

The Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations (CFR) pursues institutional and faculty grants to support Smith's academic priorities and initiatives. The CFR team also works with faculty on identifying external research grant opportunities. We help Smith develop and strengthen beneficial partnerships with foundations, corporations and government agencies that share an interest in advancing education. These partnerships assist corporations and foundations in fulfilling their missions while advancing the goals of the college. Thanks to these partnerships, Smith continues to be an educational leader across a wide academic spectrum.

Our Services

  • Prospecting
  • Proposal writing (you will always be the expert on what information is presented, but often we can help strengthen your grant with suggestions on framing and organization)
  • Proofreading, editing and providing feedback on draft proposals
  • Helping develop a project evaluation plan
  • Assisting with electronic submissions of grant applications
  • Connecting people on campus to others who may be able to serve as a resource (e.g., we may know of a faculty person who has reviewed for the agency to which you are applying)
  • Photocopying grant application components and submitting proposals
  • Serving as a liaison to authorized institutional officials and the Sponsored Research Office

CFR Newsletter

The Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations regularly publishes a newsletter to highlight upcoming opportunities and deadlines in the humanities, sciences and social sciences.

Resources for Faculty

Grant Resources

The CFR offers a range of materials, services and grant resources from foundations, corporations and government agencies to assist faculty in obtaining funding for research projects. The college needs to coordinate its funding efforts for both institutional and individual projects, so we request that faculty inform us about any plans they may have to contact an outside funding agency.

The links below list opportunities by discipline.

Smith College Grants Resources

Visit the Sponsored Research Office for grant preparation information and necessary forms.

Grant Databases

COS PIVOT is a research funding opportunities database that gives administrators and development professionals a competitive edge in easily and quickly connecting the right research opportunities, funding and people. PIVOT combines a comprehensive, editorially maintained database of funding opportunities worth an estimated $33 billion with our unique database of 3 million prepopulated scholar profiles. This provides global and local connections that strengthen research by letting faculty, staff researchers and graduate students explore new avenues for funding and collaboration. is your place to find, apply for and track federal grants.

To access the Foundation Directory Online, go to From there, you will be able to search the Smith College Libraries “Database by Title: F.”

Contact Us

Corporate and Foundation Relations

Marilyn Woodman
Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations
76 Elm Street

Lynn Korza
Assistant Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations
76 Elm Street

Patti Thornton
Assistant Director of Foundation Relations and Stewardship
76 Elm Street

Melanie Gulow
Administrative Coordinator
76 Elm Street

Sponsored Research Office and Grants Administration

Emily Robinson
Sponsored Research Administrator
College Hall

Kate Wallen
Assistant Director of Grants Administration
College Hall